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about the senator from hawaii, mr. inouye. mr. blunt: we were at the service this morning in the rotunda of the capitol where only 31 americans in the history of the country have been honored by that opportunity for americans to think about them as they lay in the center of the capitol on the catapult that was used -- ca -- catafalk that wasd by president lincoln and others. i was able to place the wreath at the capitol when rosa parks was in that same place, and i just want to say, madam president, how honored i was to get to serve in the senate with mr. inouye. he really not only was a hero in so many ways but i think connected all of us to the greatest generation, as tom brokaw titled that generation, and there was no better example of that quiet, purposeful, heroic dedication to service than the senator from hawaii, the president pro tempore, the chairman of the appropriation committees, but most of all just the great american. last year when school was out, my -- my youngest son charlie was here for lunch and -- in the senate dining room. he saw mr. inouye, and he had seen ken byrne
hawaii tonight, so he can be back in washington when congress reconvenes tomorrow. and they can try once again to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff by the end of the year. just about every american family will see their taxes increase on january 1 unless a deal is reached. lawmakers are expressing little optimism so far. meantime, the president spent christmas in hawaii, visiting a local marine base, thanking more than 100 troops and their families for their service. >>> and this morning, the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing at a major u.s. base in eastern afghanistan. three afghans, including a guard at camp chatman were killed in today's explosion. >>> back here at home, former major league baseball player andruw jones is free on bail this morning. he was arrested near atlanta early christmas morning on a battery charge, after police responded to a call about a domestic dispute with his wife. >>> and netflix, they are apologizing for a christmas outage in its video streaming service. it happened on christmas, a little untimely. it took ten hours to reso
is cutting short his vacation to hawaii. he is returning to deal with economic matters, the fiscal cliff. if his death has been quietly talking with senate democrats are the christmas holiday to come up with a planned to avert or prevent the cliff. in the meantime, the senate does plan a session tomorrow. perhaps we will hear more about an agreement before the new year's deadline. the house is due tomorrow as well. we do not have an agenda and there. with the fiscal cliffhanging out there heading into the year 2013, do you have optimism or pessimism heading into the new ? you can also send in your comment via twitter, a post a comment on facebook, or write us an e-mail. the theme of optimism or lack of it is prevalent in the papers. wednesday with congress and the president heading back to washington. here is a headline on "usa today." in the wall street journal -- if the in "the washington post." we welcome your phone calls. we will get to them in a moment. we did find another piece at politico. there you have it in the papers this morning about people being optimistic or pessimistic ab
, it pushes someone else further down. host: hawaii. tell us about your situation, gino. caller: i have been on unemployed. -- on unemployment. host: do you mind same with your party affiliation is? caller: i am a democrat. host: what happens with your benefits after the end of the year if the -- we go over the fiscal cliff? caller: i do not really know. i just found out about it host: tell us about gino's situation. are there a lot of folks that do not know what is coming not? guest: a lot of these people do not know. a lot of these talks are in obscure details, and society operates on headlines. when neither did this leave when we look at this $30 billion, -- when we look at this $30 billion, it is nothing like the 1.6 trillion debt that the president is looking for in tax increases. who knows what will happen to the economy over that time. it is possible we pass the fiscal cliff with a good deal, and folks like goldman sachs and lloyd blankfein say the economy will takeoff, and if that is the case people will leave benefits because they have a job. host: if this is not addressed in the fi
are the most union heavy. the biggest ones are new york, alaska, hawaii, and washington. michigan comes right in behind washington. which is why "the wall street journal" goes with the headline that this is a blow in a particularly union dominated state. looking at some other news, this one out of the south, for "the new york times," "the gop control in north carolina, with a republican controlled legislature, long a politically moderate player will soon have its most conservative government in a century." a couple of stories in the news, looking back at what happened during the road to the white house, the campaign for the white house and others around the country. $10.6 million spent. the largest corporate donor of the 2012 elections, the company remains shrouded in mystery weeks after the election. the company donated $10.5 million to 80 party affiliated superpac, and overall 150 people, businesses, and unions, contributed $1 million or more, totaling $518 million according to the analysis from "usa today." doing a post-mortem, the mitt romney television strategy comes under fire. televisi
---- a newspaper in hawaii -- there you can see some video from that funeral service. the new york times reports this morning about the funeral service -- mr. dole was using his wheelchair -- should congress raise the minimum wage? in tennessee, democratic caller. caller: hi./ the people who complain about raising the minimum wage are the same people who complain about how there are more people on food stamps and government assistance and complain about them being in the 47%. you cannot have it both ways. host: dwight in columbus, ohio, independent caller. caller: thanks for taking my call. host: we are listening. caller: i want to praise you for reading. we live in a country where literacy rates are on the trajectory downwards. what the caller said before, if you don't want people tos suck off the rest of the economy, you should raise wages and living wage. if you look at a party rates in america, we are constantly coming to a situation [indiscernible]. this is the reality we are living in. one last thing, if you or to preclude congress members from their wages, and we would not have a fiscal c
for the people of hawaii but wow, the way he stood up for federal work force, the civil servants who do such a great job, the outstanding job he's done on the veterans committee. lives are better off, particularly for our veterans, and i want to say a wonderful, wonderful goodbye and good hug to him, because he demonstrates that you don't have to be loud to be powerful. i also would like to pay tribute to someone on the other side of the aisle, my very good friend and someone i admire tremendously, senator dick lugar from indiana. who doesn't admire senator lugar? a judge, a scholar. i might even add, a rhodes scholar. a definite advocate for indiana. a very -- an incredible thought leader on foreign policy. ierm si'm so proud of him and tk deand the way he reached across the aisle to work with our colleague, senator sam nunn, on their famous nunn-lugar cooperative threat reduction program. they truly worked together to begin to end the threat of weapons of mass destruction in the former soviet union and made the world a better and safer place. we want to wish senator lugar a fond farew
inouye, and that service will take place in hawaii and it has created a challenge for us as it relates to the schedule. we understand that this is a difficult, difficult time. we need to work together to put in place pro-growth and economic policies. i think, as i said in my opening remarks, there is a bipartisan way to do that. commend the president for his proposal to lower the corporate tax rate. real tax reform -- this can be done in a bipartisan way. real entitlement reform does not hurt our fellow americans. that is something that can be done in a responsible way. i will simply say that this is not a perfect process, but it is the end of the session -- the process is going on right now to deal with a tough situation. we do not want afro-americans to be hurting, especially at this time of year -- we do not want our fellow americans to be hurting, especially at this time of year. i think we can see an agreement which will work to ensure that does not take place. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support the rule, support the andrews -- underline legislation, both taxes and the e
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